The official word: From the creators of the acclaimed HBO® series The Wire® comes Treme℠, a riveting drama set in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the greatest natural disaster in American history. Interweaving stories of musicians and other city residents who are trying to rebuild their lives, the series speaks to the enduring music and cultural traditions that make its citizens, and the city itself, so unique. Treme: The Complete First Season will be made available day and date on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download from HBO Home Entertainment®. Streeting on March 29, 2011, just in time for the second season premiere, the four-disc DVD and Blu-ray Disc sets include all 10 episodes, along with a wealth of exciting bonus materials for the suggested retail price of $59.99 and $79.98 respectively.
Treme is one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods, an important center of African-American and Creole culture, especially music. The series highlights the role this unique district has in the Crescent City and tells the interconnected personal stories of the musicians, teachers, restaurateurs, radio deejays and community leaders who endure and thrive in the wake of the disaster. Treme: The Complete First Season begins three months after Katrina, more than half the population of New Orleans is elsewhere and much of the city is wrecked, muddied and caked in mold, while other neighborhoods – in “the sliver by the river,” as locals call it – remain viable. But the tourists have yet to return, the money that follows them is scarce, and residents can take solace only in the fact that the city’s high levels of crime have migrated to Houston and Baton Rouge. And for those returning, housing is hard to come by, with many people waiting on insurance checks that may never arrive.
Filled with engaging stories about the vibrant culture and music that makes New Orleans distinctive among American cities, the bonus materials allow fans, as well as new viewers, to immerse themselves in its flavor and rich heritage. The Standard Definition version includes three special features: “The Making of Treme,” a behind-the scenes look at the series featuring interviews with cast, crew and historians; “Treme: Beyond Bourbon Street,” an exploration into the history of the neighborhood and its innate ties to song and dance; and “The Music of Treme,” a guide to the songs featured throughout the series via an in-episode viewing mode. Also included are five audio commentaries with cast and crew and 10 music commentaries with WBGO’s Josh Jackson and NPR Music’s Patrick Jarenwattananon.
The Blu-ray Disc is presented in HD 1080p video and DTS-HD master audio. It contains all the bonus materials found on the SD version, plus enhanced viewing on all 10 episodes which amplifies the picture-in-picture experience with original, interactive content. Exclusive to the BD version are “Down in the Treme: A look at the Music and Culture of New Orleans,” including its music, cuisine, landmarks and more via an in-episode viewing mode; and an enhanced version of the SD feature “The Music of Treme,” which also allows for interactive viewing.